Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) today announced the next step in the House Judiciary Committee’s ongoing review of U.S. copyright law.  The Committee has issued joint invitations to all prior witnesses of the Committee’s copyright review hearings to meet with Committee staff and provide additional input on copyright policy issues. Over the prior two years, the Committee has held 20 hearings with 100 witnesses in order to undertake the most comprehensive review of American copyright law. The Committee is also openly inviting any interested party to come and discuss their interests in copyright law during this process as well. 

Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers issued the following statements on the next phase of the House Judiciary Committee’s comprehensive copyright review.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Two years ago, the House Judiciary Committee began the first comprehensive review of our nation’s copyright laws since the 1960’s. The goal of our review is to ensure that our nation’s copyright laws keep pace with the digital age.  The next step in our review will be an opportunity for all interested parties, prior witnesses or others, to share their interests and concerns with Committee staff as we consider updates to our nation’s copyright laws.”

Ranking Member Conyers: “Copyright plays an increasingly important role in the American economy. The two-year copyright review highlighted several areas where the copyright community can potentially find common ground. I look forward to hearing from all stakeholders about their additional views and proposals that will strengthen the copyright system.”